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What's the deal with chemical peels?

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

While The Medished is closed for face to face appointments in line with government guidance, I thought I'd send out some educational content of interest.

Looking for a way to help your skin improve appearance in an uncertain time..? Look no more! The power of a chemical peel should not be underestimated. Many patients dread the words "chemical" and "peel". In this blog I will explain all and demystify chemical peels.

(Medical grade skincare can be delivered to your door).


A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve skin texture and tone. A particular group of acids are applied to the skin to lower the pH, which then loosens the connections between dead skin cells. This process causes exfoliation and then stimulates new cell growth.

This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Another fantastic result is that peels can thicken the top layer of skin, increase dermal volume and stimulate collagen. There are 3 basic types of chemical peels; superficial, medium depth, deep peel.

Here at The Medished I tend to use superficial or medium depth peels... however in my honest opinion if you commit to a course of 3 superficial peels one a month and combine with effective targeted home WILL get good results. A superficial or light chemical peel will work on the epidermis.

Our skin sheds naturally, approximately every…

28-45 days in individuals ages 30-40

45-60 days in individuals ages 40-50

60-90 days in individuals ages 50-60


  • Improved skin texture and firmness

  • Decreased fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improved acne-prone skin

  • Reduced appearance of pore size

  • Improved hyperpigmentation


Consultation is KEY so time is spent discussing expectations with my patients. This includes a realistic idea of results, how many might be needed to achieve desired outcomes, and also downtime. Many of my demographic of patients don't want too much downtime. They want an instant glow with long lasting results... but hey that's cool as we are all so busy! Some form of guided pre-peel prep by me is needed hence don't try this at home! as you could cause chemical burns and hyperpigmentation. I tend to advise a minimum course of 3 superficial chemical peels.

SPOTLIGHT! AlphaRet Pro Peel 30 by SkinBetter

Let's talk about my current favourite chemical peel. The Alpharet Pro Peel 30 has the Power Of AlphaRet® in professional peels!

The Concern: Mildly photo damaged skin including signs of skin ageing and skin blemishes

The Science: Patented retinoid, AlphaRet and Triple acid (glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids)

The Benefit: An in clinic complement to a medical grade skincare regime to improve the overall skin tone and texture for patients with mild photodamage.

A course of 3 Peels recommended peel every 4 weeks.


  1. A 30 minute consultation regarding your skin and any other treatment

  2. Photographs of your face

  3. Patient Consult and Consent form will be signed

  4. I will instruct you to eliminate specific skincare products a few days prior to the peel, especially VITAMIN A products

  5. On the day your skin will be cleansed, prepped and peel applied

  6. Peel will be removed and skin cleansed.

  7. Alto Defense Serum & Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment applied for the SBS peel

  8. Sunscreen Applied 

  • Use non-comedogenic makeup post peel where possible

  • AVOID exercise post peel

  • AVOID Retinol/Retinoid based products 3/5 days post peel

  • AVOID chemical or mechanical exfoliation 3/5 days post peel

  • AVOID use of all heat sources: steam/saunas that day

  • SPF30 of higher essential daily 

Hope that's been informative, if your interested in trying some (almost as good as) in clinic peels/products whilst your safe at home don't hesitate to contact me and I can pop you on a tailor-made program suitable for you!

With love

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